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Bruce Robertson collection: Bruce Robertson Reel 2, Merton Park (1940s)

13m 58s


Lion cubs and London babies.
London Zoo and little babies feature in this home movie that shows domestic life in south London as well as shots of lion cubs, penguins and polar bears.
While this home movie – shot in the years following the Second World War – largely shows children playing in suburban gardens, there are also scenes from London, including one surprising shot of a lion cub being cuddled by visitors to London Zoo. Penguins and polar bears also feature, but the bulk of the footage concerns garden life in Merton Park and Morden, at the homes where Bruce Robertson’s parents and grandparents lived. Also shows holidays on unnamed beaches in Devon. Includes shots of the Langstone Cliff Hotel, Devon overlooking Dawlish Warren.

Possibly, "Also of my parent’s house in Mostyn Road, Merton Park as well as more of my grandparents’ house in 81 The Drive, Morden, including the Morden Hard Court Tennis Club in action, which my father built in the garden circa 1930 with three courts, which are still used today as part of the adjacent Harris Academy."

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A Nation of Animal Lovers


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Archive name Format LSA ID Archive's identifier Sound
Merton Heritage and Local Studies Centre 9.5mm film LSA26104 Mute
Available from Merton Heritage and Local Studies Centre on 9.5mm film
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